Adam Ant Documentary 'The Blueblack Hussar' on DVD/Digital October 16
Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:18:20
It's a question we've all wondered: Whatever happened to Adam Ant? Well, somewhere in between his '80s hits like "Goody Two Shoes" and "Stand and Deliver," a few appearances in '90s programs like Northern Exposure, and having his stage persona unceremoniously co-opted by Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, he kinda, well, as The Guardian puts it, found himself "a mite stomped-on by mental health issues and music-biz vagaries."
Or so it appears in a recent documentary about the singer, The Blueblack Hussar, directed by Jack Bond (known for documentaries like Dali in New York, made with the surrealist artist, in 1965, as well as other films about Roald Dahl, Patricia Highsmith, Werner Herzog, and The Pet Shop Boys). In cinéma vérité style, the film follows "the true icon's extraordinary and brave comeback, after years of mental health problems," and examines Ant's latest persona, "The Blueblack Hussar" (the one Depp borrows from was "The Dandy Highwayman").
According to trailer materials, the 99 minute movie "exposes Adam's complex personality through the characters he interacts with on his journey, who include Amy Winehouse producer, Mark Ronson, Jamie Reynolds of Klaxons and the legendary Pop Artist Allen Jones ('A Clockwork Orange'), Adam's art student days' mentor." Viewers are also treated to live performances, the artist at home and backstage, and tour footage with his new band, The Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse.
For fans who constantly have to correct the younger generation it's Depp who dresses like Ant and not the other way around, The Blueblack Hussar is surely a portrait of an enduringly charismatic artist who fell on some hard times, and is no less loved for them. Bonus materials include a live performance of "Whip in My Valise" at The Scala London; live performance of "Young Parisians" duet with Boy George; live performance of "Deutsche Girls" at the Electric Ballroom, London; and Q&A Jack Bond and journalist John Robb.
Before you get to the trailer, remember Ant in his prime:
Adam Ant ‘The Blueblack Hussar' documentary Trailer:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff